Key Points
  • Aggressively pursue evidence-based models that fight fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Increase the off-ramp for those who are not truly needy.
  • Regulators and elected officials integrate specific program indicators and outcomes to taxpayer dollars for public assistance.
  • Where possible, services for at-risk populations should be case managed to provide a centralized and comprehensive approach for individuals and families, allowing for less duplication and better chance for success of the individual.
  • States should encourage integrating private assistance into state operated programs, encouraging less dependency on bureaucracy and more on existing community resources.

The welfare state is larger than it has ever been in U.S. history. As Americans we spend nearly one trillion dollars a year on federal and state human services programs, yet despite public investment the poverty rate has risen to 15.1 percent. Public assistance is necessary to help those who are truly in need, however these programs are rarely called on to show effectiveness in creating true opportunities for individuals and families to escape dependence and pursue a life of success and prosperity.

At ALEC, our objective is to help states implement policy that will modernize human services programs so public investment in human services not only create opportunities for self sufficiency, but to use data metrics in state based programs to show which program operations are more effective in fighting poverty for at-risk populations.

Other common sense approaches to breaking the cycle of dependency is reducing regulatory barriers to communities and leveraging existing resources to coordinate services while also working to aggressively reduce fraud, waste and abuse.

It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats those least able to care for themselves. At ALEC, we work to foster a competitive yet compassionate society that leads each person to the dignity of work and culture of success and prosperity.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Association Health Insurance Standard Model Act Draft

    Section 1. Short Title This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Association Group Health Insurance Act. Section 2. Purpose The purpose of this act is to establish standards for offering group health insurance products through an association. Section 3. Association Groups A. (1) A policy …

  • Hospital and Nursing Home Visitation Act Draft

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE: NEW SECTION. Section 1. Visitation of patient–Limitations–Restriction–Notice. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, each patient admitted to a hospital may designate one person who shall have an unrestricted privilege to be present while the patient is in the patient’s room. If the …

  • Confidential Reporting Act Draft

    Part 1: Any person receiving reports under this section or any system being used to input an allegation of suspected child abuse or neglect pursuant to Section ___ shall request and store the following information: a. the specific facts that gave rise to the reasonable suspicion of child …

  • Associate Physician Act Draft

    Section 1: Associate Physicians; Licensure; Applications; Rules; Definitions A. An Associate Physician may practice as an Associate Physician as follows: (1) By providing only primary care services and only in medically underserved rural or urban areas of this state; and (2) Under the terms of an Associate …

  • Safeguard the Right-to-Try Cutting-Edge Medicine Act Draft

    Section 1. (1) As used in this act, and unless the context otherwise requires: (a) “Life-threatening or severely debilitating illness,” as defined in section 312.81 of Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation). (b) “Eligible patient” means an individual who meets all of the …

  • Safe Compounding Act Draft

    Section 1: Compounding Pharmacies; Certain Medications; Requirements; Definitions A. Chronically-ill patients and terminally ill patients have the right to determine, with the assistance and guidance of their health care providers, individual courses of treatment through the use of medications and treatments obtained from a compounding pharmacy. B. Compounding pharmacies that …

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Task Forces

Health and Human Services

There is no sector of our economy where the hand of government is more evident than in health care. Half …

Press Releases

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